Lubbock County, Texas

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Function and Duties of the Commissioner's Court

Purpose and Responsibilities of the County Commissioner's Court

The Commissioner's Court is the governing body of the county. The Texas Constitution specifies that courts consist of a county judge and four county commissioners elected by the qualified voters of individual commissioner's precincts. The county judge is the presiding officer of the County Commissioner's Court. The court exercises powers over county business as provided by law (Tex. Const. Art. V, Sec 18).

Many state administrative responsibilities rest with the court as well as a growing number of permissive authorities. The Local Government Code contains many of the provisions that guide the commissioner's court in carrying out its responsibilities for the operation of county government. For example, the Code covers the duties and authority of the commissioner's court and other officers related to financial, management, public officers and employees, regulatory matters, property acquisition, buildings, and many other areas of county affairs. Another important statute concerning the commissioners court is Chapter 81 of the Local Government Code. 

Areas of major responsibility for the Commissioner's Court 
include the following:
  • Construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in the county which are not part of the state highway system
  • Filling vacancies for certain elected and appointed officials
  • Setting salaries, expenses and other allowances for elected and appointed officials
  • Creating offices, boards and commissions to carry out certain purposes
  • Providing buildings for use as offices and other operating facilities for the county
  • Issuing bonds for construction and other public projects and management of debt incurred by the sale of such bonds
  • Entering into contracts or cooperative agreements with other local governments, the state or private entities
  • Holding general and special elections including those authorizing creation of special districts, issuance of bonds and other purposes necessary to carry out Court responsibilities
  • Setting the tax rate and authorizing expenditures
  • Performing a variety of administrative duties
  • Initiate discretionary projects after determining their value to our citizens
Source - Texas Association of Counties, Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials.

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